Some 6 million people could be affected by the dam, including people living not just on the Mekong, but on the Tonle Sap River, as well.
PHNOM PENH—As Prime Minister Hun Sen prepares to join other ASEAN leaders to meet with US President Barack Obama in California next week, representatives of communities along the Mekong River say they hope a controversial dam in Laos will be discussed.
The leader of Laos’ ruling party claims there will be no negative ramifications resulting from the construction of the controversial $600m Don Sahong hydropower dam on the Mekong River. “Laos will make an effort to ensure that there will be no impact [in neighbouring countries],” said Bounnhang Vorachith, secretary-general of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, on Saturday. Bounnhang added that his country had studied the environmental impacts at length.
|On February 26, 2016 in Phnom Penh: Youth, communities and NGOs conducted a peace walk and boycott “Say No to Angkor Beer” in front of the headquarter of Angkor Beer in Phnom Penh on February 26, 2016 to seek intervention from the company to put pressure on Mr. Goh Nan Kioh who is controlling Mega First Corporation Berhad,the company building Don Sahong Dam. Mr. Goh also holds a 50-percent stake in Cambrew, which produce Angkor Beer. The event also submitted a statement to the company.|
An NGO known as Fisheries Action Coalition Team (FACT) came to intervene in Trapaing Sangke Community Fishery through the mangrove restoration project. The project was implemented from January 1, 2012 and ended on December 31, 2015 under the sponsorship of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the Global Nature Fund (GNF). The project implementation follows the same procedure applied in 4 countries in Southeast Asia such as Cambodia, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka. [More to see video]